Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Hungry for more after 'Walking Dead' season finale

Those who arrive, survive … for now. The fourth season of The Walking Dead wrapped Sunday night, taking nearly all of the central cast to the long-sought Terminus, a mysterious safe haven alluded to for weeks via advertisements along various railroad tracks. Numerous theories attempted to predict what Terminus would be: Could it truly be Utopia, or would it be Jonestown? Heaven, or the campsite of the Hunters, a group of cannibals featured in the comics? This question wasn't really answered in the season finale, leaving without a doubt one of two big cliffhangers for when the series returns in October, the other regarding the fate of Carol, Tyreese and baby Judith in the aftermath of their gruesome episode a few weeks ago.

Though all season finales need cliffhangers, the lack of answers left me dissatisfied. It felt like very little actually happened this week; at one point I realized there were only 20 minutes remaining and so much ground left to cover. Although the character development and flashbacks were great, there was tremendous hype surrounding Terminus, which got very little screen time. The quality of finales past (including the unforgettable midseason finale) set the bar incredibly high, and it just didn't bite for me.

That being said, Season 5 is set to be a doozy. The Governor had a line this season that stuck with me: "We've all done the worst kinds of things just to stay alive." Terminus brings with it a new crop of characters. What haven't we seen, and what will it mean? What was up with that pit of bones? The weird candle room? Was that deer meat Mary was serving, or Uncle John? October can't come fast enough — for now, we remain in the dark.

Joey Hager is a senior at Palm Harbor University High.

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